A Java Framework for High Level Parallel Programming using Powerlists

published in Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Parallel and Distributed Computing, Applications and Technologies (PDCAT’17), pp. 255-262, DOI: 10.1109/PDCAT.2017.00049, December 18-20, 2017, Taipei, Taiwan.

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A Java Framework for High Level Parallel Programming using Powerlists


Virginia Niculescu*, Frédéric Loulergue**, Darius Bufnea*, Adrian Sterca*

* Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science, Babeş-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania
** School of Informatics, Computing and Cyber Systems, Northern Arizona University, USA


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Parallel programs based on the Divide&Conquer paradigm could be successfully defined in a simple way using powerlists. These parallel recursive data structures and their algebraic theories offer both a methodology to design parallel algorithms and parallel programming abstractions to ease the development of parallel applications.

The paper presents how programs based on powerlists can be implemented in Java using the JPLF framework we developed. The design of this framework is based on powerlists theory, but in the same time follows the object-oriented design principles that provide flexibility and maintainability. Examples are given and performance experiments are conducted. The results emphasise the utility and the efficiency of the framework.

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Parallel recursive structures; Parallel programming; Java; Performance; Models; Framework.

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